'Kindness and Grace'
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
“Whatever is wanting in me, good Jesus, Savior most holy, do You in Your kindness and grace supply for me, You who have been pleased to call all unto You, saying: “Come to Me all you that labor and are burdened and I will refresh you.” I, indeed, labor in the sweat of my brow. I am torn with sorrow of heart. I am laden with sin, troubled with temptations, enmeshed and oppressed by many evil passions, and there is none to help me, none to deliver and save me but You, my Lord God and Savior, to whom I entrust myself and all I have, that You may protect me and lead me to eternal life.”
Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471) in The Imitation of Christ (Wheaton, IL: Christian Classics Ethereal Library, 1998) 105.
As we think about the relationship between kindness and generosity, we must not miss the source of our supply: good Jesus. In kindness and grace He gives us everything we need to find rest, to avoid so many sinful traps, and to take hold of eternal life.
To imitate Christ, let us be people who live, give, serve, and love generously with kindness and grace. In so doing, may we lavish on others exactly what they need to be refreshed, strengthened, and pointed toward safety and salvation.
Do you know someone who is carrying a burden today? What if you helped them carry it like Christ has helped carry yours. Do it with kindness and grace. Hold nothing back either. Entrust yourself to good Jesus who supplies and has infinite kindness and grace.
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